Tadeusz Kantor titled a series of his paintings ‘One Does Not Look into a Widnow with Impunity’. One of them is currently shown at the exhibition ‘The Window’ presented at Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art, with the common denominator of all featured works being… windows.
As the authors of the exhibition wrote:
Since ancient times, windows have been intimately connected to our daily lives. In art in particular, windows have long had a close relationship to painting, cutting out pieces of the world around us by means of a square frame and providing us with new points of view. A similar interest has been carried on in other media, including photography, film, and installation, and continues to the present day.
Accordingly, the exhibition features not only paintings by Henri Matisse, Paul Klee and Marcel Duchamp, but also works by Japanese photographers such as Yokomiko Shizuka and Narahar Ikko, installations by the Swiss artist Roman Singer and notes of famous architects.
Poland is represented at the exhibition by three artists: the aforementioned Tadeusz Kantor with his installation The Dead Class, Zbigniew Rybczyński with works My Window and Oscar-winning animation Tango as well as Józef Robakowski with his video From My Window.
Source: promotional materials, originally written in Polish by AW, 4 Nov2019, translated by AW, 11 Nov 2019
The Dead Class - Tadeusz Kantor